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Mark Vlasic

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Mark Vlasic was a standout on the gridiron and basketball floor at Center High School: in football he was named conference MVP, All WPIAL, East Coast Elite Eleven All Star, and Big 33 All Star, and in basketball he finished his high school career with several records, including game, season, and career rebounds. He also had the fifth highest point total and was selected for the Roundball Classic, but an injury prevented him from playing in that game. Offered a full ride to the University of Iowa, Mark played on five bowl teams with the Hawkeyes, including a redshirt year. He served as backup to All American Chuck Long until his senior year, when he led the nation in passing efficiency until an injury in the third game of the season. He didnít return to the lineup until the third quarter of Michigan game, trailing 14-0. Mark then threw for 200 yards and led the Hawkeyes to a comeback win. Mark finished the season strong, being named Holiday Bowl MVP, All Big Ten, and All Academic Big Ten, and he also received several Hawkeye leadership awards. Mark was a San Diego Chargers fourth round draft pick in 1987, but his professional career was hampered by injuries. He started six games in 1988 before a knee injury finished him for that year and 1989 as well but he played the 1990 season as starting quarterback for the Chargers. Mark signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1991 as a free agent and was with the team for three years, but injuries again prevented him from establishing himself. He signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1994 and retired after the season. Mark was later vice president in the employment benefit division of UMB Bank.